Taking a Break from My Book, The King’s Son

A few weeks ago, I stopped working on The King’s Son. I had been rewriting the third draft for close to a year and had hoped to get it done in the next couple of months, but the words became too difficult to get out. Sometimes I would sit for five hours and produce nothing more than a page or two – a few times only a paragraph or two. It was painful and unenjoyable, and I couldn’t do it anymore. Continue reading

Letting It All Go

I’ve never considered myself much of an artist (drawing and painting, that is); the problem being that, even as a child, my pictures never turned out how I expected them to. It was almost as though my hand wasn’t able to do what my mind wanted. To be honest, that applied to my writing as well. I had all of these great ideas for stories in my head, but none of them would get out onto the page.

Then my ex introduced me to Nanowrimo and a new style of writing (primarily a no-holds-barred, get-it-all-out-there, forget-the-preconceived-ideas approach) came to life. I’ve decided to use that same approach to my drawings/paintings as well.

Now, every time I sit down in front of my computer (I use ArtRage, a digital art program), I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to draw. I simply let whatever is inside me come out. Continue reading

Know the First Sentence

For all of you doing NaNoWriMo (or simply wanting to start a story), I wrote a piece last year giving my advice on how to prepare for it. This year, while I still agree with what all that I had suggested before, I’ve decided to take that advice and make it even simpler. So, here goes…

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